13th Region Rankings Feb. 7 - Feb. 13
1. Harlan (20-4 overall, 10-2 vs. 13th Region competition) — The Lady Green Dragons won their only game of the week, a 54-43 decision over 52nd District rival Harlan County. It seems as if Harlan is back on track after dropping consecutive games about a month ago.
2. North Laurel (17-6, 11-1) — The Lady Jaguars are rolling along with Kayla Bruner, who is making a late-season charge for 13th Region Player of the Year honors. She scored 25 points during the Lady Jaguars’ 86-53 win over South Laurel, and added 17 against Somerset and Oneida Baptist while grabbing 14 boards against the Lady Cardinals and 12 against both Somerset and Oneida Baptist. That’s three consecutive double-doubles this past week.
3. Harlan County (18-7, 11-2) — The Black Bears were rolling with a seven-game win streak until they dropped a 54-43 decision to rival Harlan this past week.
4. Corbin (14-9, 8-2) — After dropping two straight games a couple of weeks back, the Lady Redhounds have now won three games in a row. Wins over Bell County, Williamsburg and Whitley County has lifted Corbin into the No. 4 spot.
5. Bell County (14-8, 6-4) — The Lady Bobcats are struggling, but there really isn’t a team that is standing out right now that should be ranked in the fifth position. They did manage to snap their three-game losing skid, but a 50-49 win over Middlesboro still shows me they’re some concerns on Log Mountain.
6. (tie) Clay County (10-12, 7-5) — The Lady Tigers ended a four-game losing skid by picking up wins over both Owlsey and Jackson counties this past week. The duo of Kaylee Mathis and Kelli Roberts have been tough to stop. Mathis scored 19 against Jackson County while Roberts added 18 points and eight rebounds. Against Owsley County, Mathis and 15 points while Roberts added 13 points.
6. (tie) Knox Central (8-11, 8-3) — The Lady Panthers were primed and ready to move into the top four, but a 54-52 loss to Pineville dropped them into a tie in the sixth spot, as they have now dropped two of their last three games. We’re going to see what they’re made of during the final two weeks of the regular season with games against Clay County, Whitley County, Bell County and Harlan County.
8. Lynn Camp (16-10, 10-5) — The Lady Wildcats are rolling. They now have 16 wins on the season, which includes a season-best five-game win streak. Lynn Camp has a chance to make some noise before postseason play begins with a road game against Harlan and a home game against North Laurel.
9. Pineville (15-6, 8-6) — The Lady Panthers surprised many by upending Knox Central this past week, 54-52. Prineville is currently riding a four-game win streak.
10. Whitley County (11-12, 5-8) — The Lady Colonels have been struggling since the beginning of the new year. They are 3-7 since Jan. 1, and they are now currently riding a two-game losing skid.
11. South Laurel (10-14, 2-9) — After putting together a season-best three-game win streak, the Lady Cardinals have now lost two of their last three games. They took one of the chin against North Laurel, their fifth straight loss to the Lady Jaguars, 86-53.
12. Jackson County (12-9, 8-7) — The Lady Generals haven’t won back-to-back games since mid-January, but they did pick up nice wins over Whitley County and Williamsburg this past week.
13. Middlesboro (12-12, 7-8) — The Lady Yellow Jackets are 2—6 during their last eightt games. They did have a good showing against Bell County before losing to Bell County, 50-49.
14. Williamsburg (3-17, 1-14) — Their record might not show it, but coach Amanda Vermillion has the Lady Yellow Jackets heading into the right direction. They’ve lost seven in a row, but have turned in solid showings against Whitley County, Pineville, Middlesboro, Corbin, Lynn Camp and Pineville during the stretch.
15. Barbourville (11-14) — The Lady Tigers are starting to peak at the right time. Coach Brandon Simpson has guided the team to a lot of success this season with 11 wins compared to only two wins last season.
16. Oneida Baptist (5-14, 3-10) — In what looked like was going to be a good season has suddenly went south for the Lady Mountaineers. After starting the season with a 5-3 record, which included wins over Barbourville and Lynn Camp, Oneida Baptist has lost 11 straight.
17. Red Bird (1-16, 0-13) — The Cardinals have now lost 11 games in a row.